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T-DOSE 2008 in review

by Sander Marechal

This year was the third installment of the Technical Dutch Open Source Event (T-DOSE). Just as last year it was held at the Fontys University of Applied Science in Eindhoven. This years speakers included Arnoud Engelfriet (European patent attorney) and Ywein van den Brande on GPLv3 compliance, Roy Scholten (Drupal), Bas de Lange (Syllable), Jean-Paul Saman (VideoLan), Jörn Engel (logfs), Bert Boerland (Drupal), Tim Hemel (TMTTD) and many, many other speakers. Unfortunately your editor was only able to attend on Sunday, but the talks were great. Here are the details.

This article was originally posted on LXer Linux News.

Day one at T-DOSE

by Sander Marechal

In its second year, T-Dose, the Dutch Open Source event aimed at developers takes place in Eindhoven. Your two LXer editors went there to find out what's happening and what's new in open-source land. Todays topics include QTopia for PDA's and smartphones, open source software in the iLiad digital paper device, KDE4 application programming, the Lodel publishing tool, efficient data structures and how to overtake proprietary software without writing code.

This article was originally posted on LXer Linux News and was co-written by Hans Kwint.

Myths, Lies, and Truths about the Linux kernel

Greg Kroah-Hartman recently spoke ath the Ottowa Linux Symposium addressing the most often heared myths and lies about the Linux kernel and debunked them, hopefully for good this time. The speech mostly deals with drivers, but is a very good speech indeed and I recommend that anyone interested in Linux read it. His key points that anyone should remember:

  • Linux supports more devices than anyone else.
  • Linux is evolution, not design.
  • Closed source [kernel] modules are illegal.
  • Documentation/HOWTO
  • We need help with review and testing.
  • Total world domination is proceeding as planned.

Good to hear, especially that last point.